If I have the choice, it’s always for a live Christmas tree. Nothing beats the smell and look of a real one. But, when we lived in Papua New Guinea and Yemen, a little fake one had to make do, but honestly, it’s just not the same.
Since we hope this little guy will be apart of our family Christmas’s for many years to come, we decided to name him. Please meet ‘Bruce the Spruce’. I told you last week that I’d share a little more about our Christmas tree this year and how we are caring for it. We decided to try a potted Christmas tree. The hope is that we will get to use the same tree for a few years in a row. Each Christmas we will bring the tree inside, but the rest of the year, it will live outside in a shady part of our yard. It was not easy to find a live evergreen here in Bakersfield. But, the only nursery in town to carry some had a couple varieties of Colorado Blue Spruce. I love the color of it’s needles. They are a gorgeous silvery, muted green.
I bought the tree in what they call “Ball and Burlap”, which just means the root ball in contained in burlap. This tree is a 4-5 ft. tree and cost about $70, which isn’t much more then a cut tree in Southern California.
I found a large enough pot and Home Depot for just $14.99, it’s black plastic, but the price was right and I think it looks pretty sharp. I really didn’t want a ceramic pot that would just add more weight to this already VERY heavy tree. With both Lon and I and the help of a skateboard, we barely got it in the house. That root ball is like solid cement.
Keep reading for potting and care instructions.
What kind of tree do you have this year? Are you a live or fake tree family?